G/F needs replacement for Mac Book Air 2012

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  1. deadsmiley

    deadsmiley Notebook Deity

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    As the subject states. My girlfriend needs a replacement for a Mac Book Air. She also has a need for a program that does not run MacOS.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1000 or so. This is not set. Obviously, cheaper is better.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Netbook; 10" screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen


    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    Continental USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike:
    Brand is not important as long as build quality is good.

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No to Maybe. I would have to see the price difference. Would have to be deep discount to go with refurb.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Web surfing and eBaying. That's it.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both. The thinner and lighter the better.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    No gaming at all.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    6+ hours

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Would like to see it. But if others have good experiences with this type of notebook I am Ok with buying it unseen.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Some flavor of Windows. She has been away from Windows PCs for so long that any version is going to be new to her anyway.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)



      • Midrange Resolutions: WXGA+, HD+, 900p
      • Actual resolutions: 1440x900 and 1600x900
    The most important thing is the screen quality must be very good. This is #1 above all else.


    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Glossy is good. Will consider Matte if it is over good quality.


    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, very.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Within the next 3 months.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    4 years

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Want SSD but it can be smallish. She has 128GB now so I think that will work as a minimum.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No optical drive.
     
  2. Rhodan

    Rhodan NBR Expert of Nothing

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    If you don't mind me asking, what software does she needs to use that's not running under OS X?
     
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    I don't really know. It has something to do with posting eBay sales.
     
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    Rhodan NBR Expert of Nothing

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    XPS 13 is probably your best option as style is important.

    There are quite a few eBay posting software that work on Mac so perhaps that's something to investigate as her MBA 2012 would be more than sufficient to do what she does...
     
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    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    Dell XPS 13 would be stylish, well built, and very nice for a consumer machine. MacBook Air is limited on SSD (few options for upgrade) and expensive to upgrade that on. And you'd need a full copy of Windows at full price to boot. Be mindful of that.
     
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    And the cheapest TN panel ever made. $200 Chromebooks have better screens than the Macbook Air.

    Anyway, since she is going Windows, the XPS 13 is a good choice.
     
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    Rhodan NBR Expert of Nothing

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    As she already owns the Air it's not a choice between buying one or the other, it's a money saving choice to continue to use her Air to run her eBay business. Why spend money if you don't have to...
     
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    Yes, keeping the Air is the cheapest option. She can always buy a Windows license and run Windows in VirtualBox.
     
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    ^ She most likely doesn't even need Windows unless the app she needs to use is mandated by someone else. Garage Sale and Crazy Lister are 2 options to create eBay posting on a Mac.
     
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    Thanks for the replies! One thing I have forgotten to mention. Her wifi constantly drops out. She had ATT out (she lives in the sticks, literally) and they replaced the router w/ wifi. Still no dice. Last time she had this issue Apple replaced the logic board and it was a $300 repair. She is not too jazzed about spending more money on the Macbook Air.

    In the mean time she is using my Dell M4500 for stuff. It's old, but rock solid. :D
     
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